Thursday, February 6, 2020

Kirk Douglas - R.I.P.

Kirk Douglas died on February 5 at the age of 103. He had a long acting career, appearing mostly in westerns. But his stand-out role was for SPARTACUS (above; 1960). He only made 3 PEPLUM movies out of 70+ movie roles.

News of his death trended on Twitter, along with another actress. In this 'MeToo' era, even the dead are not spared.


ULYSSES (1954)

Kirk played Ulysses, in this early entry of Italian PEPLUM color production. Sylvana Mangano co-starred.

Kirk and Janet Leigh in this solid production.


In what is his most famous role, non-PEPLUM or PEPLUM, Kirk played Spartacus. It's considered one of the big three PEPLUM movies made in Hollywood at the time, along with THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956) and BEN-HUR (1959). Directed by Stanley Kubrick, who replaced Anthony Mann after he and Douglas didn't see eye-to-eye on many aspects of the production.

Kirk posing with castmates Jean Simmons and Tony Curtis

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Douglas did a terrific job portraying Ulysses.